Obituaries: March 2, 2017

Romeo Marafiote

Romeo (Bud) Marafiote, 84, of Sun City Center, Florida and formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut, passed away February 4, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Barbara Watkins Brodrick, his sons Lance Marafiote of Spring Hill, Florida and Clay Marafiote of Trinity, Florida, daughter Dr. Tracy Marafiote and husband James Hoggard of Fredonia, New York, as well as two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nephews and their families.

Bud served in the United States Navy and retired as Southeastern Divisional Sales Manager for Canon USA Copier Division. The family moved to Apollo Beach in 1978. In 1979 Bud became an active member of the Tampa Sailing Squadron in Apollo Beach. He was a Past Commodore and in 1991 one of the Founders of the Youth Sailing Program. Moving to Sun City Center in 2006, he was active in the SCC Lawn Bowlers, SCC Art Club and Brandon Art Club.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center, Florida.

In lieu of flowers please donate to: Tampa Sailing Squadron Youth Sailing Program, P.O. Box 3211, Apollo Beach, FL 33572.

Betty A. Sauer

Betty Andersen Sauer passed away peacefully at the Hospice House in Sun City Center, Florida on February 11, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born October 7, 1924, in New York City to parents Elizabeth and Hans Andersen. Betty was married in 1943 to childhood sweetheart, George Sauer, for 44 years.

She worked at RH Macy for 12 years and Abbott Labs as Secretary to the Branch Manager for 19 years. Betty moved to Miami, Florida in 1969 and worked as Benefits Manager in the Human Resources Department of Avatar Company for 20 years. She retired and moved to Sun City Center with her best friend, Marcia Fallon, in 1995. They took 19 cruises, travelled to many European countries and enjoyed several bus trips all over the United States.

Betty is survived by her close friend, Marcia Fallon, and by many nieces, nephews and their children.  Memorials may be made to: Life Path Hospice, 3727 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.

Anita B. Tardif

Anita B. Tardif, 89, of Lewiston, Maine passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at  Hospice House in Auburn, Maine. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 2, 1927 the daughter of the late Louis A. and Philippine M. Bedard, she graduated from high school at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, Maine. Her parents owned and operated Bedard Pharmacy in Lewiston, Maine where Anita worked until the pharmacy was sold. She then became the office manager at Clark Pharmacy.

On May 15, 1948, Anita married the love of her life, Jean Paul Tardif who died on October 14, 2002. After retiring, J.P. and Anita built a home and resided in Sun City Center, Florida, where she became a Master Instructor of Bunka Japanese art embroidery and won many ribbons and awards for her magnificent art work.

Anita will always be remembered for her loving and joyful nature. She is survived by a nephew, Ronald Tancrede and his wife Eileen; nieces Pauline Fraser and her husband Ralph, Paulette Picard and her husband Gerard, Patricia Roy and her husband Paul; cousins Constance DeBlois, Rene Desrochers and his wife Lorraine, Helene Lepage and her husband Romeo and several other cousins. She was predeceased by her husband; her parents; her sister Delia Tancrede; her brother Wilfrid Bedard; and her cousin Godson Albert N. DeBlois.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated on  January 26, 2017 at St. Philip’s Church, and internment at Gracelawn Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine.

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